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Preventing Illicit Drug Use: Highlights of a Forum

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Births/Deaths,Health/Medical

47,000 people died of drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2014, the highest toll ever recorded.  This report highlights key ideas for preventing drug use and for reducing the number of opioid prescriptions. From the Government Accountability Office


Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Health/Medical,Mental Health

The first ever Surgeon General’s report on the threat to the health of Americans from drugs and alcohol.  Covers the neurobiology of addiction, treatment, and prevention issues, the role of health care systems, and a vision for the future.  Argues that addiction is a brain disease, not a moral failing.  From the Office of the Surgeon General


Opioid Addiction: Laws, Regulations, and Other Factors Can Affect Medication-Assisted Treatment Access

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Births/Deaths,Health/Medical

The Centers for Disease Control recorded 28,000 deaths from opioid overdoses in 2014.  This report examines how federal laws/regulations apply to the treatment of opioid addiction with medications compared to using the same medications for pain management.  Also looks at key factors that affect access to MAT for opioid addiction.  From the Government Accountability Office


Census of Problem-Solving Courts, 2012

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Marriage/Family,Mental Health,Supreme Court/courts,Youth

Describes type, location, and characteristics of all problem-solving courts, such as drug, mental health, family, youth, DWI, domestic violence and other specialty courts.  Covers such topics as funding sources, points of entry, services, and benefits to participants.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


DEA Will Not Reschedule Marijuana, But May Expand Number of Growers of Research Marijuana

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Laws/Regulations

Reports on the results of a three year review of the treatment of marijuana under federal law, including the decision to retain it as a Schedule I drug rather than moving it to a lower, less restrictive schedule of control.  Also calls for expanding cultivation of marijuana for research purposes and to clarify legal requirements for such cultivation.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


2015 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Births/Deaths,Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

There was a 7.2% increase in traffic accident deaths in 2015, the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years.  The report provides details by type of vehicle involved, crash types, seat belt use, alcohol involvement, distraction, and time of day,  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Heroin Trafficking in the United States

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking,Homeland Security,Mexico

Describes the source and extent of the problem and the efforts to counter the trafficking.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Reports of Bullying and Other Unfavorable Conditions at School

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Children,Education,Guns,Statistics,Youth

Results of a national survey which is used to track trends in bullying and other unfavorable conditions in or related to school.  Covers such conditions as presence of gangs, guns in school, availability of drugs and alcohol, and hate-related graffiti.  From the National Center for Education Statistics


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